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Look for Less: Sam Edelman Flats

Buckle-toe flats

If you can afford the Sam Edelman chain-toe black flats pictured above, by all means, get them. They're smart, sexy and look great with everything. If, on the other hand, you're merely curious to test out this look—or you don't have the necessary funds—opt for the budget version instead. They're equally chic for a whole lot less cash.

Oh, but first you'll have to guess which is which...

Physician's Formula CoverToxTen50

The Budget Beauty Babe reveals all about a fabulous, affordable concealer. —BB

by The Budget Beauty Babe
If there is one thing we can do for ourselves on a daily basis that will produce fantastic beauty results, its sleep enough hours during the night. Yet in today's fast paced world, hardly anyone gets the recommended 8 hours a night. With that in mind I decided to find and review a fantastic under eye concealer/corrector on a budget.

We all know that there are some extremely pricey remedies for under-eye issues out there, some upwards of $250.00 per teeny weenie little jar! And while I know first hand the importance of giving the impression of a well-rested face, I also know that stress causes wrinkles—and forking over that much mullah will cause mucho wrinkles.

Fortunately, I believe Physicians Formula CoverToxTen50 Wrinkle Therapy Concealer is the solution to that problem. This fantastic product not only acts as a concealer for under eye circles and darkness, but also as a treatment for them as well as wrinkles. The package claims that in ten minutes there is 50% wrinkles reduction, in ten hours there is up to 52% visible dark circle reduction, and within ten days there is 77% visible dark circle reduction. Wow! I was skeptical because at around $8.95, this product is way below competitor prices, and yet it delivered!

I must say that after using this product for two weeks I am a fan. Just as a concealer alone it works fabulously. I use the soft yellow, and this shade really is perfect for countering the look of dark bluish under eye problems. Add the bonus of visible dark circle reduction and wrinkle reduction and you have me hooked! I'm a fan, and at $8.95, my wallet is too!

>> Physicians Formula CoverToxTen50 Wrinkle Therapy Concealer retails for $8.95. Find out where to buy it here.

Win Cool Stuff: Simply Vera Purse

UPDATE: And the winner of our Simply Vera Vera Wang contest is.......Campbell R.!! Congratulations, Campbell, and a great big thank you to all 293 people who participated.

PLEASE NOTE: This contest has ended.

Underwhelmed by the Oscars? So were we. Here's something to get excited about: Another Budget Babe giveaway! Describe your favorite handbag in the comment section below and one lucky winner will be chosen at random to receive this brand new black patent purse (shown above) by Simply Vera Vera Wang! Retail value: $69.00

Be sure to use a valid email address and include info(at) in your address book so we can contact you if you're the winner. Comments must be posted by 12 noon ET on February 26 to be eligible to win. The winner will be announced on February 27.

Good luck!

Look for Less: BCBGirls Blue Pumps

Brights make a bold statement for Spring, especially in primary red, yellow, and blue. We think these ink-blue platform heels are the perfect way to inject some color into your wardrobe when you're feeling like black flats just won't do. So, can you guess which pair will cost you a cool $100, and which pair will merely set you back twenty bucks?

Shoe Idol: Peep-Toe Oxford Pumps

Another season of American Idol is upon us, and that means more Idol fashion: Ramiele Malubay is definitely a contestant to watch for both her amazing vocals and fierce style. Did you see those fly spectator-style, peep-toe heeled oxfords this girl was rocking Thursday night? Love it!

We don't know where she got 'em, but she is definitely tuned in to a hot shoe trend for Spring. We think the peep-toe oxford is spunky, sexy and just a little subversive. The prudent oxford with a high-heel attitude.

Inspired by Miss Malubay, we set out to find some cute, budget-friendly heeled oxfords of our's what we found. Think you'll be sporting this trend?

Amore Oxford Heel at, $24.80.

Black and beige Spectator Oxford Pumps at, $44.90

Perforated Oxford Heel at, $20.80

Madden Girl Red and Black Spectator Peep-toe Heel at, $44.99

Canvas felt Spectator Oxford Heel at, $39.80

Mossimo Delpha Peep-Toe Oxford Pumps at, $26.99